having been tied up with welding my daily driver Range Rover and being 50 etc over the last couple of weeks I really havent used the slaaag
nipped out yesterday as Mrs Thestag was on a train back from Ex'tur and needed collecting from Maidenhead. First pick up the lads from the tennis club, pulled out onto a clear a404 in a 30mph zone and in no time at all had some cunt organ donor on his whizz bang put put wanging it off the rev limiter as he went past me, then slowed to 20 expecting some sort of reaction. he didnt get it but I did think what a complete cunt. followed him for 2 miles with him brake testing etc for no reason other than we were both going the same way, he then got bored and fucked off probably at about 50-60 again in a 30 zone. be dead soon I expect. I do hope he has a helmet (lol) cam so I can see me on youtube. reckon he was doing 45-50mph when I pulled out onto the clear road as I could see 40yards either direction and there was fuck all there.
Anyway went off to get Mrs Thestag and all was extremely well. however on picking her up, three things happened.
1. there was a huge twangggggggg! from the footwell. nowt seemed wrong so I carried on, turned out to be the clutch pedal return spring which it obviously does need.
2. Mrs thestag screeched like a demented lunatic every time I exercised any mild acceleration or cornering or dared to venture over 65mph "dont spoil my day" etc
3. side lights and headlights which I thought were on were not!
Conclusion - neither me nor Rupert the Stag enjoyed Mrs Thestag riding shotgun
So onto the headlights. Quick test today confirm indeed bugger all illumination
Removed the column nacelle. that is a nice word isnt it? and found 0v at the lucas brown live feed to the switch. I thought it might be the switch up until this point.
Those not familiar with Lucarse wiring. Brown is direct to battery, unfused and live all the time. White is ignition controlled. Anything else is fused
there is also a brown that goes to the back of the ignition switch which is very close by
This is the loom connector that connects the bulkhead loom to the headlight switch, arse! unfused that too, looks like it got warm but not too warm. might look at popping a fusible link into the battery live supply so at least it doesnt go up in shmoke
looking at the diagram, #16 is the light switch, it's brown (N) feed is from the same place as the ignition switch. Oh that is handy! Firstly I cleared all the burnt crud from the loom connector, then pulled the brown wire from the switch side of the connector. This prevents any risk of short etc. I will get hold of new bullet so I can make the connector good again. I then
then I committed the cardinal sin lol of connecting the lighting circuit direct to the ignition circuit. it is all wrapped up in tape and unlikely to cause any more issues than a 40 year old push lucarse connector did. The lighting circuits south of the switch are all fused but the switch is not. that I will correct
yay, victory over Lucas the Prince of Darkness
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Pug 307 - son's daily runner Sold to Arthur Foxhake
Range Rover Vogue 1993 - my daily runner
Daewoo Matiz 2002 - Sold
Jaguar x308 Sovereign 4 litre - nicked by Fathathestag might be up 4sayle soon
Triumph Staaag 1973 - cheaper than a mistress.. just
Range Rover 1972 - ongoing extensive restoration
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Land Rover 1969 SIIa SWB - belongs to Fathathestag but maintained and welded by me
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